Except for the part about putting it into law, I agree with Chris Rickert.
Having a job for life might have been tenure’s allure for faculty. For citizens, tenure at a public university should be about the freedom to pursue knowledge even if that knowledge upsets the powerful.
You don’t need job-for-life tenure guarantees for that, though. You need rules like the ones in System policy andstate administrative code saying you can’t get fired for exercising academic freedom. A state law would be nice, too.
Otherwise, it’s only democratic that citizens, through their elected representatives, should have broad powers to shape state universities and their faculties.
If citizens change their minds, they can always elect new representatives. It’s not like the old ones have tenure.